Baltic Earth strives to achieve an improved Earth System understanding of the Baltic Sea region as the basis for science-based management in the face of climatic, environmental and human impact in the region. Baltic Earth brings together a broad international research community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the region. Baltic Earth targets the atmosphere, land and marine environment of the Baltic Sea, its drainage basin and nearby areas with relevance for the Baltic Sea region.
Scope of the conference
The conference will cover the topics of Baltic Earth, in particular highlighting the Baltic Earth Grand Challenges as defined by the Baltic Earth Science Plan. The grand topic of the conference „Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts“ refers to the manifold aspects of the changing Earth system of the Baltic Sea region, in the atmosphere, on land and in the sea. Climate change and the associated sea level rise, but also other human activities puts a particular pressure on the coasts of the southern Baltic Sea, of which the Hel peninsula and the Polish coasts in general are examplary. Landsea interactions and human uses shape and modify the coasts all over the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Earth Science Plan is organized along specific interdisciplinary research challenges which have been formulated by the Baltic Earth Science Steering Group. Additional topics are treated by dedicated Working Groups and the BEAR. The sessions of this conference will reflect these topics:
- Salinity dynamics in the Baltic Sea
- Land-Sea biogeochemical linkages
- Natural hazards and extreme events
- Sea level dynamics in the Baltic Sea
- Regional variability of water and energy exchanges
- Multiple drivers for regional Earth system changes
- Regional climate system modeling
- New climate observation systems